(PIX11/CNN) — The media has been speculating for months about Bruce Jenner’s alleged transformation.
Friday evening, the former Olympian sat down with Diane Sawyer to set the record straight.
“It’s gonna be kind of tough, but today’s the day,” Jenner tearfully told Sawyer at the start of the interview. “I’ve always been very confused about my gender identity,” Jenner said. “My brain is much more female than it is male, that’s just what my soul is.”
“For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Jenner told Sawyer.
Jenner also said she was never attracted to men, and has always considered herself heterosexual. She also says that she “wasn’t fair” to the women she married.
Jenner revealed that she began taking hormones and getting plastic surgery in her transition into a woman back in the 1980s. She stopped, however, because she feared embarrassing her children and faced conflicts with her religion.
The interview addressed Jenner’s role on the massively popular E! reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Jenner said that the real story on the show was within him.
“I had the story,” Jenner said. “We’ve done 420 episodes, I think, and the entire run I kept thinking to myself … the one real true story in the family was the one I was hiding.”
“The one thing that could really make a difference in people’s lives was in my soul, and I couldn’t say anything,” Jenner continued.
Sawyer added that she reached out to each of Jenner’s wives, and that his third wife, Kris — their divorce became final last year — had no comment.
ABC had revealed little about the contents of the interview ahead of its 9 pm ET air time. The special was called “Bruce Jenner: The Interview” — a title that gave nothing away. In short preview clips, Jenner has said things like “My whole life has been getting me ready for this.”
The interview sessions with Jenner were taped in February. Within ABC, they were tightly guarded: For example, the small group of staffers who worked on the special were not allowed to take scripts home for the evening.